Naming Conventions

A naming convention is a convention (generally agreed scheme) for naming things. Conventions differ in their intents, which may include to:

  • Allow useful information to be deduced from the names based on regularities. For instance, in Manhattan, streets are consecutively numbered; with East-West streets called “Streets” and North-South streets called “Avenues”.
  • Ensure that each name is unique for same scope

The laptop hostname naming convention is simple to follow. Simply use “Laptop” followed by '-' and an incremental ID number. Remember to also attach a DNS record to point to the laptop's VPN interface IP.

Examples:

ID Hostname DNS Record
01 Laptop-01 laptop-01.yourdomainspace.com
02 Laptop-02 laptop-02.yourdomainspace.com
03 Laptop-03 laptop-03.yourdomainspace.com

The server hostname naming convention is simple to follow. Simply use the service type followed by '-' and an incremental ID number. Remember to also attach a DNS record to point to the server.

Services type list:

Service Type Hostname
Proxmox Hypervisor VirtMan
DokuWiki Web Server WikiMan
NextCloud Collaborative Suite CloudMan
Transmission File Transfert TorMan
OpenMediaVault Storage StorMan
LAMP-Stack Web Server WebMan
Windows File Server Storage FileMan
Windows Active Directory Domain Controller Authentication ADDCMan

Examples:

Server ID Service Hostname DNS Record
01 Proxmox VirtMan-01 virtman-01.yourdomainspace.com
02 NextCloud CloudMan-02 cloudman-02.yourdomainspace.com
03 DokuWiki WikiMan-03 wikiman-03.yourdomainspace.com
04 Proxmox Virtman-04 virtman-04.yourdomainspace.com
05 LAMP-Stack WebMan-05 webman-05.yourdomainspace.com

The terminal session naming convention is simple to follow. Simply use the username for the hostname of the session. This will help users to remember which session to connect to. Remember to also attach a DNS record to point to the server.

Examples:

Username Hostname DNS Record
jsmith jsmith jsmith.yourdomainspace.com
mpforgette mpforgette mpforgette.yourdomainspace.com
cbergertrottier cbergertrottier cbergertrottier.yourdomainspace.com
josmith josmith josmith.yourdomainspace.com
mapiforgette mapiforgette mapiforgette.yourdomainspace.com

The username naming convention is simple to follow. Simply use the first letter of each first names and tag along the last name of the user. If by using this naming convention you generate a duplicate username. Then increment the amount of letters taken in the user's first name.

Examples:

First Name Last Name Username
John Smith jsmith
Marie-Pierre Forgette mpforgette
Claude Berger-Trottier cbergertrottier
Jonathan Smith josmith
Marie-Pier Forgette mapiforgette

The workstation hostname naming convention is simple to follow. Simply use “Desk” followed by '-' and an incremental ID number. Remember to also attach a DNS record to point to the workstation.

Examples:

ID Hostname DNS Record
01 Desk-01 desk-01.yourdomainspace.com
02 Desk-02 desk-02.yourdomainspace.com
03 Desk-03 desk-03.yourdomainspace.com